A novel method has been developed to physically exfoliate graphite and uniformly disperse Pt nanoparticles on graphite nanoplates without damaging the graphene structures. A stable aqueous suspension of graphite nanoplates was achieved by benzylamine-assisted noncovalent fuctionalization to graphite and characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. A uniform dispersion of Pt nanoparticles was then prepared on the graphite nanoplates, where the benzylamine acts as a stabilizer. These Pt loaded graphite nanoplates were then prepared as an electrode, which significantly increased catalytic activity toward the methanol oxidation reaction, resulting in a 60% increment in mass activity compared to that of E-TEK.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)